List of fictional United States presidential candidates

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This is a list of fictional candidates who ran for the office of President of the United States. For successful candidates who became president, please see List of fictional U.S. Presidents.

Presidential candidates are listed in alphabetical order by the first letter in their last name.

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Arcadia Alvarado

  • Candidate in: Saucer Country (2012)
  • Political Party: Democratic
  • Governor of New Mexico, and Mexican-American
  • She believes she was abducted by aliens, and uses her presidential campaign as a means of attempting to uncover the truth

Benjamin K. Arthur


Bill the Cat

Elaine Barrish

  • Candidate in Political Animals (Miniseries)
  • Political Party: Democratic
  • Based on Hillary Clinton
  • Former First Lady of the United States during the 1990s
  • Governor of Illinois while campaigning for the democratic nomination during the primary season
  • Conceded the nomination and demanded a divorce from her husband a former president in the same night
  • Serves as the US Secretary of State in the administration of her primaries opponent
  • Portrayed by Sigourney Weaver

Theodore Block

  • Candidate in The People's Choice (novel)
  • Political Party: Republican
  • Elected by the electoral college, but resigns after feeling he did not win in the proper fashion

Chastity Bono

General Warren Boutwell

Daniel Brand

  • Candidate in the 1987 ABC Mini-Series Amerika
  • Senator Brand was the Democratic Candidate in the 1988 election.

Clark Braxton

  • Candidate featured in Perfect Killer, a novel by Lewis Perdue

Don Butler

  • Ran for the Republican Party nomination in the U.S. presidential election, 2006 on The West Wing.
  • Lost to Arnold Vinick.
  • Political Party: Republican
  • Based on Pat Robertson.
  • Was offered the Vice-Presidency under Vinick if he won the general election but declined because of their different stance on abortion (Vinick was in favor of women's right to choose concerning abortion, whereas, Butler was against that right)


Gary Candor

Cobra Commander

Anthony Collins

Aleister Crowley

  • Candidate in: U.S. presidential election, 2012
  • Campaigned Slogan "Change we can be skeptical about!"
  • Website: AC2012


Graydon Creed

Stephen Colbert


Daffy Duck

Senator Daterape

Deez Nuts

  • 2016 U.S. presidential election

Tom Dobbs

President Douchebag

Uncle Duke


Etrigan (aka The Demon)


MacArthur Foyle

  • Candidate in The People's Choice (novel)
  • Political Party: Republican
  • Dies in a horse riding accident after winning the general election but before the electoral college meets


Herbert Garrison

George Granger

Fitzgerald Grant

  • Candidate in: Scandal (TV series)
  • Won Election through the illegal tampering of voting machines.
  • Political Party: Republican

Donald Greenleaf

  • Candidate in: Swing Vote
  • United States Senator (Vermont)
  • Political Party: Democratic
  • Almost wins the Presidency, until the electoral college comes to a deadlock with New Mexico undecided
  • Bud Johnson appears as the "Swing Voter" who will decide the fate of New Mexico's 5 electoral votes
  • Before Bud votes, Greenleaf is ahead of his opponent, President Andrew Boone (R), with 267 electoral votes to Boone's 266
  • calls for unilateral American Inclusion, and promises that under his administration, the White House will become a "Rainbow House" for people of all races religions and creeds.
  • Both Candidates participate in a "Final Debate" the day before Bud casts his ballot.
  • Though Bud's Decision is never formally revealed, Bud's daughter seems to favor Greenleaf over Boone, and most likely influences her father's vote, in that respect
  • Played by Dennis Hopper


Ricardo Hernandez

Clarence Hilliard

Howard The Duck

  • Candidate in: Howard The Duck (comic book).
  • Political Party: The All-Night Party.

Hubert Hoag

  • Candidate in: Fahrenheit 451
  • Defeated in a landslide by opponent Winston Noble.
  • Political Party: Outs

John Hoynes

  • Candidate in: The West Wing
  • Played by: Tim Matheson
  • U.S. Senator from Texas
  • Candidate for 1998 and 2006 Democratic nominations
  • Lost 1998 nomination to Josiah Bartlet, before becoming Bartlet's Vice President
  • Resign Vice Presidency in 2003 in a sex scandal, but ran for the nomination again in 2006
  • Lost 2006 nomination to Texas Congressman Matt Santos

James Hilton

  • Candidate in: Presidential Diaries
  • Was successful for reelection with 52% of the popular vote in 2036
  • Political Party: Republican


Smith Comma John

  • Candidate in: MADtv
  • Appears in ads denying that he is an alien trying to take over and enslave Earth.
  • Political Party: unknown

Jimmy James

  • Candidate in: NewsRadio
  • Ran in race for seven minutes for women's attention (later found out by Lisa Miller)
  • Political Party: unknown (probably an Independent since all primaries were done by the time of the episode)

Senator Joy



John Keeler

  • Candidate in: 24
  • Played by: Geoff Pierson
  • In Season Three, Senator Keeler runs against incumbent David Palmer. Wins when Palmer drops out of the race
  • Political Party: Republican

President Kelloggs

  • Candidate in: Man of the Year
  • Running for re-election
  • Ran against: Tom Dobbs and Senator Mills
  • Political Party: Democratic

Jeff Knight

  • Candidate in: Parts: The Clonus Horror
  • Connected to a conspiracy involving clones and organ donation to the wealthy and powerful at a facility named Clonus.
  • Is stabbed by his brother but is revived due to connections to Clonus.
  • Clonus is exposed at the end of the movie and his candidacy is left uncertain.
  • Portrayed by: Peter Graves
  • Political Party: Unknown

Lucy Kropotkin



  • Candidate in: Franchise, a short story by Isaac Asimov.
  • Was voted for by Matthew Hortenweiler when he was 22, no later than 1968.

Sally Langston

  • Candidate in: Scandal, TV series
  • Played by: Kate Burton
  • Political Party: independent; evangelical conservative but wants to replace Fitzgerald Grant, the Republican

Linda Lovelace


Grant Matthews

  • Candidate in: State of the Union
  • Played by: Spencer Tracy
  • Biography: Born in 1895, in Carson City, Nevada. Served as a fighter pilot in WWI and was decorated by France, Britain, and the US. After the war, Matthews married his wife Mary and had two children (Grant "Butch" Jr. & Joyce). Matthews started his own airplane business which soon became one of the biggest in the country. He was convinced to run by Kay Thorndyke, a newspaper magnate with whom he was having an affair. Although he gained much support running on a centrist platform, Matthews decided to withdraw from the primaries after he saw that his political handlers were trading principal for votes.
  • Political Party: Republican

Norman Mart

  • Candidate in: Tapeheads
  • Played by: Clu Gulager
  • A U.S. senator, his career is ruined in a sex scandal.

Robert McCallister

Yelnick McWawa

  • Predicted to be "our next president" by Cliff Clavin on the television show Cheers.
  • The prediction was arrived at by mathematical deduction.

Molly the Dog

  • Active presidential candidog for the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election.
  • Charter member of the "BYOB" party.

Devin Milford

  • Candidate in the 1987 ABC Mini-Series Amerika
  • Massachusetts Democratic Congressman who ran an Independent Campaign in the 1988 Presidential Election.

Senator Mills

Frank Morgan

  • Candidate in Hitman: Blood Money
  • Opposed to the legalization of human cloning in the US, a major campaign issue in-game.
  • Has the support of at least one radio station and newspaper in Mississippi
  • Ultimately loses the election to Tom Steward
  • Political Party: Democratic Party

Dennis Morgenthal

Augustus Mutt


John Neal

  • United States Senator
  • Runs against a president whose team engineers a fake war against Albania to ensure his re-election.
  • Played by Craig T. Nelson in Wag the Dog

Alfred E. Neuman

  • The MAD Magazine spokesman throws his hat into the ring in most elections.
  • Runs under the slogan "You could do worse, and always have!"
  • Political Party: Unknown

Newaygo Newt

  • Creation of Ernest Jack Sharpsteen of Newaygo County, Michigan. He was born on July 8, 1888.
  • Runs under the slogan "A vote for Newt is bound to suit"
  • Political Party: Pizzle

Winston Noble

  • Candidate in: Fahrenheit 451
  • Won in a landslide victory over opponent Hubert Hoag.
  • Political Party: Unknown

Ted Nugent


Charles Palantine

David Palmer

  • Candidate in 24
  • Played by: Dennis Haysbert
  • David Palmer was a Senator running for president in the California Presidential Primary in the first season. That season's storyline revolved around a plot to assassinate him. He also ran for re-election in the third season, but dropped out of the race by the end of that season.


  • Candidate in Achewood (webcomic)
  • Political Party: The Finding Nemo Party [1].

Ben Phillips

  • Candidate in "The Scandal Plan or: How to Win the Presidency by Cheating on Your Wife" (novel)
  • Political Party: Democratic

Duke Phillips

  • Candidate in The Critic episode All the Duke's men
  • Political Party: Independent (originally sought Republican nomination)


Pogo Possum

  • Candidate in: Pogo 1952–1980 (comic strip) and the animated movie Pogo for President: I Go Pogo (1980).
  • Played by: Himself
  • Political Party: unknown.


Randee of the Redwoods

  • Candidate in: Various MTV TV commercials (1987–90).
  • Played by: Jim Turner.
  • Political Party: Unknown (third party).

Robert Redford

  • Candidate in Watchmen (graphic novel)
  • Political Party: most likely Democratic Party, as he was running against Richard Nixon
  • Announced candidacy in the 1988 election at the end of the fictional story, leading a newspaper editor to proclaim, "This is still America God damnit! Who wants a cowboy actor in the White House?", a thinly-veiled jab at then president Ronald Reagan (In the 2009 movie adaptation the editor uses the phrase to describe Reagan himself as it was his announcement of a Presidential run)

Robert Ritchie

  • Candidate in The West Wing (television series)
  • Played by James Brolin
  • Ritchie attended the University of Florida and is married to Janet Ritchie. Ritchie was the Governor of Florida when he ran against incumbent president Josiah Bartlet in the 2002 presidential election. Ritchie supported oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve in Alaska and opposed affirmative action.
  • President Bartlet called Governor Ritchie a ".22 caliber mind in a .357 world." In the general election, President Bartlet defeated Governor Ritchie and running mate Jeff Heston by 11 million popular votes in a landslide.
  • Ritchie was based on President George W. Bush.
  • Political Party: Republican Party

Barbara "Barbie" Millicent Roberts

Robert "Bob" Rumson

  • Candidate in: The American President
  • Played by: Richard Dreyfuss
  • Senator from Kansas and Senate Minority Leader
  • Says nothing about issues, only spews insults about widowed President Sheperd and his girlfriend Sydney Ellen Wade.
  • Falsely accuses Wade of trading sexual favors for votes while lobbying in the Virginia State Legislature(clearly a lie since he refuses to name his 'several' sources).
  • Ends every speech with "My name is Bob Rumson, and I'm running for President!". Those words are later rammed down his throat when the incumbent ends a speech(disgracing Rumson's politics) by declaring, "My name's Andrew Sheperd and I AM THE PRESIDENT!"
  • Played by: Richard Dreyfuss
  • Political Party: Republican

Robert "Bingo Bob" Russell

  • Candidate in: The West Wing
  • Played by Gary Cole
  • Home State: Colorado
  • Political Party: Democratic
  • Opposed Flag-burning and co-sponsored any bill that came up in congress banning it.
  • Russell was the Vice President under President Josiah Bartlet, however, he was not elected to that office, he was nominated under 25th amendment after previous VP John Hoynes resigned because of a sex scandal. Bartlet was forced to choose him by a Republican Congress, he initially wanted his secretary of state to be VP.
  • Before becoming VP, he was a five-term congressman from Colorado.
  • Became the front-runner for Democratic nomination for president after the expected front-runner, Governor Eric Baker of Pennsylvania announced he was not running.
  • Russell was very confident that he would win the nomination and the presidency. However, his opponents believed that if he won the nomination then the Republican nominee, Arnold Vinick, would win all fifty states in the electoral college.
  • White House Chief of Staff, CJ Cregg, openly said that the reason that the Republicans made Bartlet choose Russell as VP was because he would almost definitely win the Democratic nomination but did not have a chance in the General election.
  • Lost the Democratic nomination for president to Texas Congressman Matt Santos.


Sedgewick Sexton


Howard Stackhouse

  • Candidate in The West Wing (television series)
  • Played by: George Coe
  • Stackhouse is a widowed 78-year-old five-term Senator from Minnesota who admired Hubert Humphrey. Stackhouse attempted to run for president in the 2002 presidential election as an independent candidate. He ended his candidacy and later endorsed President Bartlet.
  • Political Party: Democratic Party

Jack Stanton

  • Candidate in Primary Colors
  • Southern Governor
  • Wins Nomination after Fred Picker drops out, in a sex and drugs scandal
  • Nomination put in danger by possible extramarital affairs twice
  • Parody of U.S. President Bill Clinton
  • Defeats Unknown Republican opponent and becomes President
  • Political Party: Democratic Party

Greg Stillson


Jack Tanner

Ted the Communist

  • Candidate in: Politics is Life, and Life is Politics (ongoing online journal)
  • Played by: himself
  • Ted was an overweight, smelly software developer who fancied himself an unparalleled orator and debater who could persuade anyone of anything, going so far as to try to convince people that a knuckleball travels faster than a fastball. In reality, Ted changed people's minds about as often as he changed his underwear. Not often.
  • Political Party: Socialist Party


Arnold Vinick


Glen Allen Walken

  • Candidate in: The West Wing (2005) in the 2006 election.
  • Played by: John Goodman
  • Political Party: Republican, although professed a fondness for President Harry Truman, a Democrat who, like him, came from the western part of the State of Missouri.
  • Walken was Speaker of the United States House of Representatives when Vice President John Hoynes resigned, making him next in the line of succession. Before President Bartlet could appoint a new Vice President, a family crisis forced him to temporarily step aside under the 25th Amendment, making Walken Acting President for three days. In order to accept this position, Walken had to resign his seat in Congress. As he left the Presidency, he told Bartlet that he had not decided whether to run for his old seat.
  • Walken was a proponent of tax cuts and a strong military, and Bartlet's comments indicated he was a strong supporter of gun rights as well.
  • Joined Bartlet and former President D. Wire Newman at the funeral of former President Owen Lassiter, who was apparently a friend and something of a role model.
  • Goodman appeared as Walken in a total of three episodes, and while his character was mentioned as a candidate in the Republican primaries, he was never shown.
  • During his three-day Presidency, Bartlet's staff believed that this tenure, however brief, would make Walken the front-runner for the Republican nomination in the next election. However, later episodes revealed that he lost the early primaries to Arnold Vinick.

Hal Philip Walker

Ralph Wiggum

Senator William Wiley

  • Candidate in: The West Wing
  • U.S. Senator from Washington
  • Initially the second-place challenger to John Hoynes in the 1998 primary.
  • Puts on a poorer than expected showing as Josiah Bartlet becomes more competitive.

Walter Winchell

Christopher Winthrop

  • Candidate in the 1987 ABC Mini-Series Amerika
  • Senator Winthrop was the Republican Candidate in the 1988 Presidential Election.

Senator Gary H. Wright

Gordon Wright

  • Candidate in: Marvel Universe
  • United States Senator who split from his party and formed his own. Wright was secretly in league with the Red Skull. After the new Captain America stopped the Red Skull's plan to assassinate the Democrat and Republican Presidential candidates Wright was forced to resign from the Senate and drop out of the race.
  • Political Party: Third Wing (third party)


General Zod

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